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EU Digital COVID Certificate: European Parliament and Council reach agreement on Commission proposal

Families, friends, couples, honeymooners, solo travellers. We're almost there...

On the 20th May 2021 there was a provisional political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the Regulation governing the EU Digital COVID certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) which is now well on track to be ready end of June.

These are excerpts taken from the comments by President Ursula von der Leyen :

“We are delivering on our commitment to have the EU Digital COVID Certificate up and running before the summer. European citizens are looking forward to travelling again, and today's agreement means they will be able to do so safely very soon.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is free of charge, secure and accessible to all. It will cover vaccination, test and recovery offering different options to the citizens. It fully respects citizens' fundamental rights, including protection of personal data.”

The EU Digital COVID Certificate – key features

Following the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council, the EU Digital COVID Certificate:

  • will cover vaccination, test and recovery;

  • will be available in a digital and paper-based format, depending on the choice of the recipients, and contain a digitally signed QR code;

  • will be free of charge, be obtained easily and also available to persons vaccinated before the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation has entered into force;

  • may also be used by Member States for national purposes, if this is provided for in national law.

  • Member States shall refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.

  • The Commission will also mobilise 100 million to support Member States in providing affordable tests.

To view the full document please download the PDF below:

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